The Wage of Sin
Composer: Gene Murray
Librettist: Gene Murray
Other Artistic Personnel: Mila Gibson (artistic director)
Gene Murray (assistant artistic director)
Raenell McDonough (accompanist)
Original Cast: Brenda Christophersen (Minnie)
Samantha Usnick (Mrs. Hill)
Kathy Kendle (Anna Whittelsey)
Janet Tonne (Mrs. Pollard)
Chuck Thrasher (Mr. Rippy)
Lee Kendle (George)
Andrew Tonne (Mr. Ware)
Gene Murray (Jailor)
Premiere Date: May 18, 1997
Producing Company: Amarillo Opera, Inc.
Description: The opera is based on a true story of a Methodist Minister convicted of poisoning his wife with a poisoned peach. The entire opera takes place in Reverend George Morrison's jail cell and his imagination. It is 1899 on the day of his execution. The jailer, Miss Whittelsey, and George are the only "real" characters in the opera. The others are figments of George's whiskey-induced guilt and imagination.
Character List (Major): 8 principal roles
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: organ, harp, piano, and percussion

Can also be performed with two pianos, one piano, or recorded accompaniment
Musical Style: 20th-century
Contact: Gene Murray
Address: 502 Holman Lane
Canyon, TX 79015
E-mail Address: GEMurray@MSN.com
Phone: 806-655-4519
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2005 Audience Development Project
Project Name: THE WAGE OF SIN
Awardee: Amarillo Opera
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